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LoL Champion Build Guides: Varus

Varus The Arrow of Retribution

Find the best Varus build guides for League of Legends S12 Patch 12.2. The MOBAFire community works hard to keep their LoL builds and guides updated, and will help you craft the best Varus build for the S12 meta. Learn more about Varus' abilities, skins, or even ask your own questions to the community!

Season 12 Guides // Patch 12.2 & Patch 12.1
9.8
81
Votes
10
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

Chokonma (updating)

Guide by Mysterlool updated January 22, 2022
9.6
177
Votes
22
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

*Patch 12.2* | Sheppard's Varus MID Guide (AD & AP)

Guide by TheSheppard updated January 24, 2022
  • Off-Meta
8.3
137
Votes
42
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

[12.2] Varus - Immortal Shieldbow / Eclipse

Guide by matek1207 updated January 21, 2022
Season 12 Builds // Patch 12.2 & Patch 12.1
8.7
13
Votes
1
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

[V12.2] Varus - All Kind of Guide

Build by KevinIDLER updated January 21, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

[12.1] OP Varus AP Guide

Build by ConteReve updated January 11, 2022
New Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

Varus my men

Build by IamAaA updated January 12, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

Ap Varus

Build by Guest updated January 11, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

Varus AP Guide - Mid & Bot Lanes (Also top if you want t

Build by Light99YT updated January 11, 2022
New Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

S12 Jungle Varus Lifesteal|UNKILLABLE!!!

Build by Guest updated January 24, 2022
New Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

AP Varus (one shot a tank)

Build by Guest updated January 16, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

The Jason tech

Build by Guest updated January 5, 2022
  • Off-Meta
Season 12 Builds // Other Patches
9
20
Votes
2
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

AP Varus Got Buffed :)

Build by d0omsday updated December 16, 2021
  • Off-Meta
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

Varus AP one shot build

Build by DOMEWHILEMAB updated December 30, 2021
  • Off-Meta
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

The weird OTP : Tank / AP Varus

Build by TheWeirdOTP updated November 17, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

varus mixed on hit

Build by TheFallenAzreal updated December 24, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

Varus for fun

Build by Arimgal updated January 3, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

Varus PUM

Build by lord_caspula updated December 22, 2021
Season 11 Guides
9.5
47
Votes
3
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

[11.11] An In-depth Guide To Bot Lane Varus!

Guide by KoZee updated May 31, 2021
  • In-depth
9.5
609
Votes
43
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

Varus: The Hybrid King (Patch 10.24) (Preseason WIP)

Guide by ifound1dollar updated November 27, 2020
  • In-depth
9.2
33
Votes
4
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide
LoL Champion Varus Build Guide

[11.11] R + W + Q AND DEAD!!!

Guide by Campersnake updated June 3, 2021
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Varus Build & Runes

If you're looking for the best rune build for Varus we've got you covered. Below you can find the best items and runes to build for Varus, as determined by LeagueSpy's calculations of thousands of Plat+ League of Legends games. If you are already familiar with how to play Varus this is a great resource to quickly get a good rune selection for Patch 12.2. However, if you are a new Varus player we highly recommend reading through some of the guides above to learn why this build is strong on Varus!

Patch 11.20: 494917 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Varus's Top Items

Varus's Runes

Varus's Best Runes 44%

Win Rate 1553 Games

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Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Hail of Blades
Hail of Blades
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ravenous Hunter
Ravenous Hunter

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Biscuit Delivery
Biscuit Delivery
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight

Second Best

Varus's 2nd Best Runes 53%

Win Rate 74 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Hail of Blades
Hail of Blades
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ravenous Hunter
Ravenous Hunter

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Biscuit Delivery
Biscuit Delivery
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight

Third Best

Varus's 3rd Best Runes 52%

Win Rate 52 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Lethal Tempo
Lethal Tempo
LoL Rune: Triumph
Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Alacrity
Legend: Alacrity
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Magical Footwear
Magical Footwear
LoL Rune: Biscuit Delivery
Biscuit Delivery
More Varus Runes

Varus's Summoner Spells

Varus's Best Summoner Spells 46%

Win Rate 6945 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Varus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 48%

Win Rate 844 Games

Exhaust Flash

Third Best

Varus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 55 Games

Flash Teleport

Varus's Starters

Varus's Best Starter Items 49%

Win Rate 119 Games

Trinket

Varus's Best Trinket 48%

Win Rate 4259 Games

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Second Best

Varus's 2nd Best Trinket 43%

Win Rate 3837 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Varus's 3rd Best Trinket 46%

Win Rate 261 Games

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Varus's Ability Order

Varus's Best Ability Order 33%

Win Rate 3 Games

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! Small Sample Size Warning * There is either not a lot of games played on this champion or the builds vary greatly, we have provided the top build but it does not have a high confidence rating so use your own discretion.

Top Varus Players

Get match statisctics & builds Top Varus Players are using on LeagueSpy!

Patch 12.2: 250844 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Varus's Top Items

Varus's Runes

Varus's Best Runes 39%

Win Rate 57 Games

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Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Hail of Blades
Hail of Blades
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ravenous Hunter
Ravenous Hunter

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Biscuit Delivery
Biscuit Delivery
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight

Second Best

Varus's 2nd Best Runes 36%

Win Rate 102 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Lethal Tempo
Lethal Tempo
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Legend: Alacrity
Legend: Alacrity
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Ravenous Hunter
Ravenous Hunter
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood

Third Best

Varus's 3rd Best Runes 0%

Win Rate Games

LoL Path:

LoL Path:
More Varus Runes

Varus's Summoner Spells

Varus's Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 496 Games

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Second Best

Varus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 48%

Win Rate 559 Games

Flash Heal

Third Best

Varus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 85 Games

Cleanse Flash

Varus's Starters

Varus's Best Starter Items 59%

Win Rate 86 Games

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Second Best

Varus's 2nd Best Starter Items 46%

Win Rate 815 Games

Doran's Blade Health Potion

Third Best

Varus's 3rd Best Starter Items 53%

Win Rate 74 Games

Long Sword Refillable Potion

Trinket

Varus's Best Trinket 48%

Win Rate 887 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Varus's 2nd Best Trinket 46%

Win Rate 1006 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Varus's 3rd Best Trinket 45%

Win Rate 116 Games

Oracle Lens
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Varus's Ability Order

Varus's Best Ability Order 66%

Win Rate 47 Games

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! Small Sample Size Warning * There is either not a lot of games played on this champion or the builds vary greatly, we have provided the top build but it does not have a high confidence rating so use your own discretion.

Top Varus Players

Get match statisctics & builds Top Varus Players are using on LeagueSpy!

Varus Counters

Learn 's counters and discover matchups where they have an advantage! When you're starting a game of League of Legends you should always keep in mind if you'll be at an advantage or disadvantage against your opponent, so you can know whether to bully them or play safe. You can find detailed breakdowns of each matchup on CounterStats, and you can also check out some Varus guides to see how to build and play against other champions you may find yourself up against!


This counter data is for Varus ADC in Plat+ games. The percent shown is the enemy champion's counter rating against Varus. Counter rating is our own statistic that factors in counter kills, overall kills, early lead ratio, comeback ratio, and win percent to give the whole picture of that champion's effectiveness as a counter pick.

Varus Skins

Varus' Abilities

Varus's Living Vengeance
Living Vengeance Varus's Passive Varus's Passive
Self
Varus's Passive
Varus's Passive
Varus gains 10 / 15 / 20% (+15% bonus attack speed) bonus attack speed (depending on level) for 5 / 7 / 9 / 11 (at levels 1 / 6 / 11 / 16) seconds on non-champion kills, increased to 40% (+30% bonus attack speed) whenever he scores a takedown against an enemy champion.
Q
Varus's Piercing Arrow
Piercing Arrow Varus's Q Ability
Self
65 / 70 / 75 / 80 / 85
16 / 15 / 14 / 13 / 12
Begin Charging: Varus draws back his next shot, Slowing himself by 20%. After 4 seconds, if not fired, Varus will cancel the Ability and refund 50% of its Mana cost.

Release: Varus releases the arrow, dealing totaldamagemintooltip } physical damage, reduced by 0% − 67% per enemy hit (minimum 10/46.67/83.33/120/156.67 (+ 83.33/86.67/90/93.33/96.67% AD)). Damage and Blight detonation effects are increased by up to 0% − 50% based on charge time (maximum 15/70/125/180/235 (+ 125/130/135/140/145% AD)).
W
Varus's Blighted Quiver
Blighted Quiver Varus's W Ability
Self
0
40
Varus' basic attacks deal 7 / 9 / 11 / 13 / 15 (+30% of ability power) bonus magic damage and apply a stack of Blight for 6 seconds, stacking up to 3 times, refreshing on subsequent attacks.

Varus' other abilities consume stacks of Blight on enemies upon damaging them to deal 3 / 3.5 / 4 / 4.5 / 5% (+2.5% per 100 ability power) of the target's maximum health bonus magic damage and, if they are a champion or epic monster, reduce his basic abilities' cooldowns by 12% of the maximum cooldown for each stack on the target, up to 36% per target. The bonus damage is capped at 360 against monsters.

ACTIVE: Varus' next Piercing Arrow deals 6−14% of the target's missing health bonus magic damage (depending on level), increased by 0−80% (depending on Piercing Arrow's channel time), for a maximum of 9/12/15/18/21% of the target's missing health (depending on level). This damage is capped at 360 against monsters. If Varus is not charging Piercing Arrow, Blighted Quiver may be recast after 1 second and will go on a 1 second cooldown if it isn't used within 5.5 seconds of its activation or immediately if Varus dies.

Blighted Quiver can be cast during the first 0.25 seconds of Piercing Arrow's charge. Blighted Quiver is placed on full cooldown even if the charge completes without reactivation or is interrupted.
E
Varus's Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows Varus's E Ability
925
80
18 / 16 / 14 / 12 / 10
Varus fires a hail of arrows that deal 60 / 100 / 140 / 180 / 220 (+0.9 per bonus attack damage) physical damage and desecrate the ground. Desecrated ground slows enemies' Movement Speed by 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 / 45% for 0.25 seconds and reduces their healing and regeneration by 40%. The slow duration is refreshed if enemies stay within the zone.
R
Varus's Chain of Corruption
Chain of Corruption Varus's Ultimate (R) Ability
1075
100
100 / 80 / 60 / 60 / 60
Varus flings out a tendril of corruption in the target direction that infects the first enemy champion hit, dealing 150 / 200 / 250 (+100% of ability power) magic damage, revealing and rooting them for 2 seconds while inflicting them with full stacks of Blight over 1.5 seconds.

On impact, the tendril seeks out nearby enemy champions for 2 seconds, after which they are also infected. Tendrils will continue to spread until there are no champions in range that have not already been affected.

Chain of Corruption will attempt to spread even if the first target dies or becomes free of the root. The tendril seeks targets regardless of having sight of them or not.

Questions About Varus

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my build sais made by guest

i did my on hit build for varus, but it says "made by guest" but i did it like 15 minutes ago. how can i fix it? https://www.mobafire.com/league-of-legends/build/varus-mixed-on-hit-606527 here is the link

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Have we been playing adc wrong?

I've not really tested this, but I was just thinking about it. Wouldn't lethality out damage crit+as on certain adc's, if not all? If you pair it with lethal tempo or hail of blades, that is.

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Who do you want a champion build on?

Which of the champion's in the tags would you like to see a build for.

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Hello everyone I want to main Varus

Hello everyone I want to main Varus , can anyone recomend me a good build and runes ?

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Champions for climbing

I was wondering what are the best champions for climbing in low-mid ELO? I usually like to play adc or mid or even sometimes jg, but I always get bad team players and I always end up with a positive score. I get a 2 win streak then I instantly...

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Varus Counters

Hello guys! I have a kinda important question : Is there any way to counter Varus's late game damage as a mage or marksman? If so, what is it?

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RUNES REFORGED!!!

Any rune recommendations for ADCs for this new season? Thanks in advance!

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Should I get Jhin or Varus

Okay, I've been stuck on which one to pick becuase in my opinion, they're both good.

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Varus ADC?

Is a varus good choice for adc or just stick in mid with him? And which is better ad or ap varus?

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Varus right now ?

How good is he now ? Build for em ? Stupid question: Can he go top somehow ? :/

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How decent is adc varus

How good is botlane adc varus. You'd obviously still go tear but maybe swap out bt/maw for ie. Whenever I play midlane varus i get kinda rekt by leblanc and stuff. Plus I find botlane varus more fun to play. Is it decent for ranked

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Varus vs Jayce; Which is better?

Hello Mobafire. So lately I only play 2 mid lanerrs, obviously the ones in the title. I suck at mages so why bother, right? Stick to my strengths which is AD champs. My question stems from the feeling that they both preform very similar roles and...

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Varus Bottom Build

Why do people build varus differently mid vs bot? Tbh, I love to build manamune on varus bot.

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5.5 Kassadin and Varus viable?

So kassadin looks pretty beautiful and varus is getting a nice buff to his q. for a while i couldn't play my kass because he was just bad...is he good now though? i haven't played on the pbe (still waiting :/) but to anyone who has is he any good...

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which adc to buy

im thinking about switching main roles from top to adc. which adc should i buy first?

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